Big Bear Lake, California

BIKING
Big Bear Bikes - Prodigy Snowboard, 866-2224

Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit, 866-5766

Team Big Bear, 866-4565

BOATING & WATER ACTIVITIES
Big Bear Marina, 866-3218

Captain John's Marina, (909) 866-6478 

Holloway's Marina & RV Park, (800)448-5335

North Shore Landing, 878-4FUN

Pleasure Point Landing, 866-2455

Discovery Center, www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com

ENTERTAINMENT
Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center, 866-4970

C.A.T.S. - Community Arts Theater Society, 585-5505

Stillwells Lounge at Northwoods, 866-3121

Tail Of The Whale Lakeside Lounge, 866-5514

Tiffany Lounge at Holiday Inn Big Bear Chateau, 866-6666

FISHING
Bass, trout and catfish are abundant in Big Bear Lake. Licenses and supplies can be purchased at sporting goods stores and marinas.

Alpine Sports Center, 866-7531

Big Bear Charter Fishing, 866-2240

Big Bear Marina, 866-3218

Cantrell Guide Service, 585-4017

Holloway's Marina & RV Park, (800)448-5335

North Shore Landing, 878-4FUN

Pleasure Point Landing, 866-2455

GOLF
Enjoy a 9-hole round of golf April through November on a regulation course; sharpen your skills at the driving range; or take the whole family for a round of miniature golf... all with the majestic mountains as your backdrop.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, 866-4626

Bear Mountain Golf Course, 585-8002

HIKING
BIG BEAR VALLEY offers some of the most beautiful andserene hiking and biking trails in Southern California. Theyrange from easy to considerably more challenging. Big Bearwas voted "best hiking in southern California" by the readers of the "Orange County Register."

If you plan to park your vehicle in the forest or at many of the trailheads, you will need to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it in your vehicle when parked. You can buy the pass at Forest Service offices or at a number of businesses throughout the Big Bear Valley.

THE ALPINE PEDAL PATH
2.5 miles long; very easy. The Alpine Pedal Path is an asphalt path that wanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. It is easily accessible for hikers, skaters,
joggers and even strollers and wheelchairs. It starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends
at the Discovery Center. THE WOODLAND TRAIL1.5-mile loop; easy. This is a unique nature trail with 20 posted stops. Pick up a pamphlet at the entrance and take the self-guided tour where you will learn about botany, geology and the wildlife of this dry woodland area. You can leave your car in the parking lot if you exhibit an Adventure Pass.

CHAMPION LODGEPOLE PINE TRAIL
.6-mile round trip; easy. The Lodgepole Pine Trail is on the south side of the lake
and is a gentle walk down a path along a stream, ending up at the Champion Lodgepole Pine, one of the largest knownLodgepoles in California. Begin by driving up Mill Creek Road (Forest Road 2N10) for 4.5 miles, turn right on 2N11 and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.

COUGAR CREST TRAIL
4-5.5 miles; moderate to difficult. The Cougar Crest Trail starts .6 mile west of the Discovery Center on Hwy. 38. You will need an Adventure Pass to park in the Trailhead parking area. On the Cougar Crest Trail you will walk through a wide
variety of natural environments. The firstmile is a gentle uphill climb, but after a mile or so you will realize you are gainingaltitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the juncture of the world famous 2,600 mile long Pacific Crest Trail.

THE GRANDVIEW LOOP BIKE TRAIL
9 miles; low intermediate. A very popular novice ride that starts by taking the SnowSummit Scenic Sky Chair. This ride has a 3-mile "roller coaster" ride to Grandview Point Junction. There you have the option to ride 2.5 miles to Grandview Point where the view is beautiful and well worth the extra time. You eventually end up back at snow Summit.

JOHN BULL LOOP BIKE TRAIL
14.9 miles; intermediate. Start at the base of Van Dusen Canyon (3N09). It's
a nice 3.4-mile warm-up climb to Holcomb Valley, flattening out after a while, but then becoming steep, rutted and sandy. Following this loop will return you to your car.

GROUT BAY BIKE TRAIL
13 miles; intermediate.This trail starts with a short paved climb from the Fawnskin
fire station up to 3N14. Continue 2.5 miles to Hanna Flat campground. From there,
Grout Bay Trail starts at the back of the campsite and starts climbing. The trail climbsand descends and you willend your ride back in Fawnskin.

HORSEBACK RIDING
Enjoy Big Bear year-round with hourly, half-day, sunset and overnight rides and tours through National Forest areas. Pony rides are also available.

Baldwin Lake Stables, 585-6482

KIDS STUFF
6 YEARS & UNDER

  • Enjoy a pony ride or the petting zoo.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Walk, bike, skate, stroller or kiddy backpack on the Alpine Pedal Path.
  • Catch your first fish out on the lake with a fishing guide.
  • Touch snow for the first time, make a snowman, lay down in the snow and make a snow angel, or ride a tube down a snowy hill.
  • See the grizzly and black bears, bison, eagles and other wild animals at the animal park.
  • Snuggle with Mom or Dad and listen to a "bear" story.

    7 TO 12 YEARS
  • Take your parents on a guided Jeep tour or off-road adventure.
  • Bowl a few games.
  • Water slide, drive a go-cart and play some miniature golf.
  • Toast marshmallows and make s'mores.
  • Attend a Ranger/Naturalist talk at the Discovery Center and learn to see the forest with new eyes.
  • Learn to ski or snowboard.
  • Build a snow fort and bomb your brother with snowballs.
  • Turn out all the lights and tell ghost stories.

    13 YEARS AND OLDER
  • Ride the Summit Sky Chair, have lunch, then hike or ride your bike back down.
  • Water ski, jet ski, windsurf, or try parasailing.
  • Take a boat tour around the lake, or be the captain of your own canoe and visit a beaver dam.
  • Play a round of golf.
  • Ride with friends on the parks and pipes...catch some air!
  • Grab some cross-country skis or snowshoes and go exploring.
  • Build a roaring fire and sip hot chocolate and pop popcorn.
  • Take a horseback ride in the snow.

    MUSEUM
    Big Bear Historical Museum, open weekends May through October, offers a walk through the colorful and romantic history of Big Bear. Located just east of the airport in the Big Bear City Park on Greenway Drive.

    Big Bear Historical Museum, (909) 585-8100

    PARASAILING
    An exciting and unique way to see Big Bear Valley...sailing over the lake through the clear blue mountain sky!

    Big Bear Parasail, 866-IFLY

    WINTER SPORTS EQUIPMENT
    Winter sports equipment can be rented at the following shops.

    Alpine Sports Center, 866-7541

    Bellow's Ski Rentals, 866-4447

    Big Bear Bikes/Prodigy Snowboard, 866-2224

    Blauers Ski & Board Shop, 866-7200, 866-5689

    Getboards, 878-3155

    Goldsmith's Boardhouse & Ski Rental, 866-2728

    Little Mort 's Ski & Snowboard Shop, 866-4721

    Skyline Ski & Sports, 866-3500

    SNOWPLAY
    Natural and man-made snow combine to give a great base for innertubing, building snowmen, and other family fun for all ages.

    Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, 866-4626

    Big Bear Snowplay, 585-0075

    SNOWSHOEING
    Snowshoe the backwoods of Big Bear at your own pace, or come down the mountain on one of several new snow toys - such as a snow bike, snow scoot - or even roll down the hill on a Zorb!

    Big Bear Bikes/Prodigy Snowboard, 866-2224

    Big Bear Discovery Center, 866-3437

    Goldsmith's Boardhouse & Ski Rental, 866-2728

    BIG BEAR SOLAR OBSERVATORY
    One of six solar observatories in the world, this one is here because Big Bear experiences more than 300 days a year of sunshine. Located on North Shore Drive, just west of the Big Bear Ranger Station. Call for tour information.

    Big Bear Solar Observatory, (909) 866-5791 x10

    SWIMMING
    Due to lake level, Swim Beach will not be opening this year - Summer 2002. Located on Big Bear Lake, Meadow Park provides shaded picnic areas, barbecues, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, playground equipment, softball fields, a sand volleyball court, and a swim beach area.

    Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District office is located at 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake, or call for information on parks throughout Big Bear Valley.

    Big Bear Valley Recreation & Park District
    (909) 866-9700

    TOURS
    Get to know Big Bear Valley on a guided or narrated tour from almost any vantage point; on a boat, in an off-road vehicle, on horseback, on a mountain bike, or on foot!

    Baldwin Lake Stables, 585-6482

    Bear Valley Bikes, 866-8000

    Big Bear Discovery Center, 866-3437

    Big Bear Jeep Tours, 878-JEEP

    Big Bear Off-Road Adventures, 585-1036

    Big Bear Queen Boat Tour, 866-3218

    Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair, 866-5766

    "The Time Bandit" Pirate Ship, 878-4040
    Victoria Park Carriages, Ltd., 584-2277

    ZOOS
    Big Bear's unique Animal Park offers a delightful and educational experience. Visit and learn about many of nature's wild animals in their natural mountain habitat. And simply enjoy a more playful menagerie at The Petting Zoo.

    Moonridge Animal Park, 866-0183

    The Petting Zoo, 585-0284
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    1117 Anita P.O. Box 2027
    Big Bear City, CA 92314
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    phone: (909) 585-6997 - (800)509-2604
    fax: (909) 585-0327